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The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs: Recrowning Baseball's Greatest Slugger

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Paperback, 412 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published February 8th 2007)
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Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Who's the greatest baseball player of all time? I used to think it was Babe Ruth. Then I read this entertaining, expertly researched and reasoned book. Now I KNOW that it was Babe Ruth. ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've read many book on the era and Ruth. Jenkinson does a very good job at taking the singular act of hitting a home run and painting a fascinating look at the man behind the myth. The legend endures, it is deserved. ...more
Anthony Galimidi
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good read, goes into pretty decent detail about how tough it was to be a ballplayer back in those days, especially with the distance of the ballparks they played in. Not to mention how many games they played and endured especially with injuries. They didn't miss many games the way they do now. ...more
Marty Nicholas
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
What research! Read three times. I'll never pass by the ballpark in Dunsmuir, on I-5, without thinking of the Babe. ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author did a lot of research and analysis. Babe Ruth was actually better than we thought! Lots of details on his mammoth homers.
The Mongoose
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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A good book that does well integrating its dual aims of communicating the essence of Ruth as a player and celebrity and arguing for the reinsertion of Ruth at the top of the baseball heap. The writing is pedestrian through the first few chapters, which are just a summary of Ruth's career, but the book and the writing get much better when the book shifts to the arguments for Babe's superiority. The analysis is sound and the conclusions well supported.

While reading this book more evidence of Bond
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Followed up Glenn Stout's "Selling of the Babe' with Bill Jenkinson's "The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs". Jenkinson is the world's premier Ruth scholar and expert and this is the summation of his life's work. In short, Jenkinson demonstrates why Ruth was not only the game's greatest slugger, but so far outperforms everyone else in his own and every other era that he is in a class by himself -beyond the usual spectrum of relative performance. Jenkinson looks at a whole host of factors that cl ...more
John Cress
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
The title for this book for very accrurate as to the content.
The book talks about Ruth's greatness but then makes the case that he could hit 104 homers. This also came out during the tale end of the steriod era which add to the author's point. Jenkinson uses the arguement of diluting pitching, smaller ballparks, better travel conditions, and of course access to modern medicine (aka, roids) to make his case that Ruth would hit over 100 with ease. He also adds ball park diagrams of were Ruth's ho
Aug 02, 2011 added it
A really good informative book on the life and achievement's of George Herman Ruth. The book gives you a year by year account of his career with special focus on 1924 when Babe was at his peak. It charts his unofficial games in the off season, where he would play against all comers. Including the leading black players of the day who were barred from the Major League. Jenkinson compares the game when Ruth was playing with today, giving a comparison between Ruth and some of the current big hitters ...more
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Recommended to me by my eleven-year-old son.
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